The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the handing over of N15.3billion worth of ecological projects to benefitting communities in nine states of the federation, Special Adviser to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, said on Wednesday.
Adesina said this at the end of the weekly FEC meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
He said the federal government had awarded 166 contracts on ecology in which 93 of the projects mainly on erosion and flood control were completed and handed over to the various communities, while another 20 projects worth N15.3 billion had also been completed.
“In the life of this administration 166 projects have been awarded under the ecological fund project. So far, 93 have been completed and handed over to the different communities and 20 are ready as we speak now. Most of the projects are erosion and flood control works. The total sum of the ecological projects was N15.3 billion,” he said.
Also speaking, Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Mr Abubakar Bwari, said the council approved N486.9 million for the purchase of coal drilling rig for the National Steel Raw Materials Exploration Agency, Kaduna, Kaduna state.
He said the equipment would be used for the exploration of solid minerals in rural areas across the country.